It was nearly inevitable that Luke Hiers would end up at Kentucky. The prognosticators had expected it for months.
So it was no big shock on Thursday night when Hiers–who had bragged on the Wildcats and coach Mark Stoops constantly on social media–made it official and announced for Kentucky. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound center prospect is out of Lake Wales (Fla.) and is the prep teammate of Marcus Walker, who stepped back from his Kentucky commitment just a few weeks back. The fact that Hiers is on board might have an effect on Walker.
Hiers–who is rated a high end three-star prospect and the No. 5 center in the country–landed offers from LSU and Ohio State in recent months, for example. But in the end, his trip to Lexington over the weekend for the spring game and for junior day led him to a commitment.
“(Stoops) is very confident in what he is doing, and I like that,” Hiers told Saturday Down South after committing. “I see them winning seven games this year and in two years I see them in contention for the SEC East.”
Hiers is Kentucky’s sixth commitment and the No. 2 ranked player in the class behind four-star Eli Brown.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.